Academy's Success Results In Huge Turnout For Open Evening

Just three years after Somercotes Academy joined Tollbar Multi Academy Trust, hundreds of parents and prospective students turned up for its annual Year 6 Open Evening having heard "good reports about its success."

"We have heard many good reports about this school," said Mum Lisa Plumridge, who toured the facilities with her sons, James (10) and Callum (6), who both attend Marschchapel Primary, and her partner John Whall.

"We are very impressed with the facilities, particularly the 3D printer and the amazing gym. I like the smaller class sizes too. Callum really likes it."

Michelle Spencer, whose son Mason joined the Academy in Year 7 this month, said her daughter Kacie ((10) is also hoping to join Somercotes having enjoyed her time at Theddlethorpe Primary Academy, which is also a member of Tollbar Multi Academy Trust.

"Mason is really enjoying it and it is our first choice for Kacie. I have really enjoyed looking round again, it continues to improve each time we come."

Current students acted as ambassadors for the Open Evening, showing visitors around and giving them an insight into their own experiences.

Somercotes Academy has undergone a major transformation since it joined the Trust in 2015. The Academy has been refurbished from top to bottom, with the addition of brand new facilities. An injection of new teaching staff provided by the Trust's flagship Tollbar Academy, which has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted for almost a decade, resulted in yet another summer of GCSE success at Somercotes.

The Academy's new Principal, Frances Green, a former Tollbar Academy teacher, said she was delighted to see so many parents and prospective students at the Open Evening.

"It is wonderful to see so many people here tonight. Tollbar MAT has made a significant investment in this Academy, resulting in fantastic facilities, including brand new classrooms, Science labs and the state-of-the-art Fitness Suite, giving students so many opportunities to achieve.

"We are looking forward to the academic year ahead, and we hope to see many of the students here tonight joining us next September."

Somercotes Academy's new Principal, Frances Green, welcomes visitors to the Year 6 Open Evening. They are Molly (10) and Phoebe England (7), who visited with their mum Leah.

John Whall, Lisa Plumridge and sons Callum (6) and James (10) in one of the new Science Labs at Somercotes Academy Open Evening.

Gracie Keeton (centre) and dad Tom take part in some Art activities at Somercotes Academy Open Evening with current Year 9 students, Jessica Butterfield, Isobel Russell and Teanna Willey.

North Thoresby Primary pupil Liberty Hartshorne (10) is pictured in the new Fitness Suite at Somercotes Academy with (l-r) Year 11 student Lewis Porter, her grandad Dennis Padbury, who attended the Academy in 1974, her Mum Hannah Hartshorne, brother Jake Hartshorne, who is in Year 8, Year 11 student Jessie Lee and Rob Allenby, Curriculum Leader for P.E.

Kitchen Manager Amanda Hampson shows off some of the Italian-themed food on offer to visitors at Somercotes Academy Year 6 Open Evening, with Year 10 students Manisha Bains and Charlotte Merry.

African Drumming in the Music Department. Visiting Year 6 pupils Kacie Spencer (10), Jessica Pickard (11) and Daisy Horner (10) take part with Somercotes Academy Year 7 students: (l-r) Jazmine Botterill, Charlotte Capindale, Grace Raby, Charley Burton, Lucy Horner, and Miss Lucy Drewery, the Academy's Curriculum Leader for Music.

Year 9 student Maisie Thomas shows visitor Charles Bell (10) how to make a marbling effect with shaving foam in the Academy's Textiles Department.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson